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First shooter advice

I have long contended that you don’t teach a new shooter to shoot with a 22 or other small caliber. The reason for that is that if you shoot a small caliber, the recoil is almost non-existent and the subsequent upping of calibers can scare newbies. Conversely, after starting with a 45ACP, a 22 is quite pleasant to fire. Ask Rich, it seemed to work for him.

Benjamin points to another damn good reason not to start someone off with a plinker. I heartily concur.

2 Responses to “First shooter advice”

  1. Zendo Deb Says:

    That depends. Most of the people I have introduced to guns have been scared to death. (The types who would never shoot gun/handle a gun/have lunch with anybody who owned a gun.) Some were very surprised I was an NRA instructor, as the media paints a fairly unflattering picture of gun owners.

    In an hour session at a local range. I would usually have them shoot a .22, a .380, a 9mm, a .357 – loaded with 38 special and then with .357 magnum…. Working my way up the recoil curve. Most find the .357 too much on the first go, but that is a point I make. Find something you are comfortable with (I wasn’t comfortable with .357 magnum at first either as far as that goes.) No, I don’t like .45

    After shooting 10 or 20 rounds through a .22, they decide that the gun isn’t going to leap out their hands of its own accord. Then a few rounds through the other firearms. Alas, I no longer live in Cincinnati, so I can’t borrow all of those calibers from friends…

  2. sheepdog.blog-city.com Says:

    Where to start? 22 LR or 45 ACP
    Say Uncle has some questions on starting shooters:I have long contended that you don?t teach a new shooter to shoot with a 22 or other small caliber. The reason for that is that if you shoot a small caliber, the recoil is almost non-existent and th